Reporting back on my research mission to Asheville and Habitat Brewing Tavern and Commons.
I'm pleased to relate that the group liked all the beers on tap (and we
did have them all) which is the goal of all these research trips. Check
the menu photo to see all that were offered.
After the requisite
tasting flights, I realized that brewmaster Matt Addis certainly has a
way with pumpkin beers. The Pumpkin Ale was so surprisingly good, it
should set the standard for the style. A
confident malt structure with the most balanced blend of spicing that
I've tasted in years. Matt confided to the group that he uses a
judicious spice blend with some extra addition of cinnamon sticks. This
is a properly spiced ale, easy to drink and is not a pumpkin pie.
Did I mention the Pumpkin Gose?
Overall I'm very glad that we finally discovered Habitat, which has
been around almost two years, and promise to pay more attention to the
area west of I-240 which doesn't get the attention the other parts of
Asheville receive. Oh, and they don't distribute, so visiting the
taproom is essential.
Some photos of folks enjoying the beer and a conversation with Matt: